Cranky West Side Professor Calls Noise From Mass Fury Game “Abuse,” Calls Cops

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So Saturday night we were at the Mass Fury season opener at Worcester State. Like we said in our writeup, we were hoping for a bigger crowd. Nevertheless it was a great game, the good guys won, and everyone enjoyed themselves. Well, everyone that is except a busy body neighbor who claims it kept her up all hours of the night. We’ve been forwarded this email that a former Worcester State professor wrote to City Councilor Gary Rosen about her dreadful experience during the game:

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Let’s analyze the text of her email. Her words are in italics and our rational thoughts follow in bold lettering.


Dear Gary–

Upon arriving home this evening a few minutes before 9 p.m., I once again was unable to enjoy the peace and privacy of my home because of amplified noise from the WSU fields nearly a mile away. I am not talking about innocuous shouts and cheers of fans, but rather a sole, male voice, announcing, what I assume, were plays and scores. (I couldn’t understand the content of the speech. ) Not for the first time, I called WSU campus security. Officer Wagner assured me that he would convey my distress.

Like we said, we had people at the game. Here’s a video of a a pretty exciting punt return that got the crowd to react. You tell me if you think Ann Marie Shea PhD has a point. 

#WestSideProblems. Oh the humanity. I mean, you could hear him talking!!! Talking!!! Obviously he should’ve been whispering instead into the microphone. After all, the game ended at 9:30 on a Saturday night. Who stays up that late???!!!

And in the announcer’s defense, I think the noise she heard was coming from the most adorable cheerleaders you’ve ever seen:

About ten minutes later, the noise having actually INCREASED since my first call, I again called and was greeted by Officer Wagner, who assured me that he had delivered my message, and had been told by the party using the field that the amplification level was at its minimal, something I find hard to believe. (Distrusting not Officer Wagner, but the facility user who claimed to be operating at minimal level.)

So let me get this straight. She called Worcester State at 9 PM to complain about the noise level, and ten minutes later they were still making noise? Didn’t they get the message that a west side busy body had made a phone call? Don’t they realize that everything has to stop because one person with too much time on their hands complained about something? What kind of city are we living in? 

When I told Officer Wagner that my only resort was to call WPD, he told me that there is no sound limitations in Worcester before midnight. Is this true?I did call WPD, and the call was answered by a female, who although very sympathetic, was not able to provide any relief, nor information on noise ordinances.

Picture being the dispatcher who took that call down on Summer Street. Worcester’s in the middle of an unprecedented gang war, and it’s Saturday night in the middle of July. They’re probably so busy they don’t know what to do with themselves. Then they get the call from Ann Marie over on Chandler Street that a football team with a permit to use Worcester State’s field is being too loud. That must’ve given everyone a good chuckle.  

If they did send a cop over to WSU, what exactly were they gonna do? Tell the 300 people there to keep it down so Ann Marie can get some sleep before another busy day of complaining about everything? 


What is a resident of Worcester to do when assaulted by amplified noise carried nearly a mile from its source to one’s residence?

HAHAHAHHAHAHA. Assaulted!!! Fantastic!! This is what constitutes assault on the West Side. Loud noises at a football game. For the record, this right here was basically the loudest it got all night after Will Earley scored the first of his three touchdowns:

What does this lady do on the 4th of July? Try living on Perry Ave for a night in July. You can’t tell the difference between the gunfire and the fireworks. For what it’s worth we looked up her address (which she listed on the email but we cut out), and she lives less than a quarter mile from the field. But yea, same thing as a mile. 

This has been discussed very politely at community meetings on campus. I have no complaints about poor Officer Wagner, who was very polite and patient in listening to my problem. But what good do these polite interchanges serve, when the users of WSU facilities show no concern for basic civilities? Is there a way to force the campus to exact a certain level of behavior from visitors and to enforce penalties for abuse?

Abuse!!! Man, life sure is gangsta over the west side. I don’t know how anyone makes it out alive. I mean, here she is trying to enjoy her Saturday night tea in silence, when out of nowhere these SAVAGES over at Worcester State start talking into a microphone at a football game. Have you no civility? Have you no sense of decency? 

LOL. It’s just so funny because the crowd was literally as tame as you get. The loudest person at the game was this Ed Too-Tall Jones look-a-like on the Seminoles who was in serious need of a “shut the fuck up switch.”  

The irony is that, having served the Worcester State campus for almost forty years, I enjoy(?) the status of professor emerita, a situation that I assumed recognized my right to enjoy the privacy of my retirement.

Thank you for your attention.

Ann Marie Shea, Ph.D. 

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Anyone who signs their name “Ph.D” is a gigantic dooshnozzle nine times out of then. That’s a proven scientific fact. The only way you can possibly be a bigger dooshnozzle is if you precede that by pointing out that you attained the status of professor emerita. As if anyone in Worcester gives a fuck, or even knows what that means. 

This is just another out of touch person who has lived in the fantasy world known as Academia for way, way too long. And as a result, they think the rest of the world has to conform to their hilarious version of reality. 

She also represents everything that stands in the way of progress in Worcester. Stuff like the Mass Fury is what makes Worcester cool, particularly the west side. Sometimes you’re going to be slightly inconvenienced by really cool stuff. For instance there might be a road race one day that temporarily causes a traffic delay. Or there might be a food truck festival, or StART on the Street art festival, that uses a public road for a few hours. 

But stuff like this is what brings a community together.We saw families there last night and kids running around and having a good time. It’s a great community event, and they hold the games on Saturday nights from 7-9:30 because no one in their right mind would complain about a little noise from 7-9:30 on a Saturday night. 

Unlike Ann Marie PhD, not everyone else wants to live in silence and shut themselves out from the rest of the world. Not everyone else thinks that a football game is “uncivilized,” “abusive,” or “assault.” If she’s looking for silence on a Saturday night, that’s why God created North Brookfield. 

The bottom line is, the quicker you realize the world does not revolve around you, the better. Obviously Ann Marie PhD here never got the message. 

P.S. If you really wanna stick it to Ann Marie PhD, get your ass down to the Fury’s next home game on Saturday July 25 at 7 PM. Oh, and bring your cow bells and vuvuzelas. 

Double P.S. She’s a huge Joe Petty supporter. 

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22 Comment(s)
  • ShanShan
    July 17, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Argh ! I remember her ! She was in the Glass Menagerie about 10 years ago. I was working behind the scenes at that play… It was a college production, but somehow she was “The Star”. (which I thought was weird) I was the only female backstage, so I had to help her with costume changes. (Not my most memorable college moment). She was super demanding and just plain odd.

  • Wabbitt
    July 14, 2015 at 2:37 am

    So… she got a PhD in theater? So she managed to get a bachelor’s, a master’s, AND a doctorate in THEATER?

    Sweet Jesus… I’ve heard of having a degree you can wipe your ass with – this pretentious assclown has three. What was her doctoral thesis on – method acting?

  • acTING!
    July 13, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Oh this could not be more her. I was a sheltered, punk-ass, kid when I decided to cop out of an education at WPI and go to Woo State. Meanwhile, in the height of my laziness as a Communications Major for my last 1.5 years of college(?), I decided to take an acting class with this lady thinking, eh, easy A. …and HOLY. SHIT. She would wig out almost every day on anybody who was within a 10-mile radius of her classes or rehearsals if there wasn’t complete respect and silence for “acting”. Like full, all-out, yelling at people in the hall by the theater in the Admin Building.

    I actually bailed out on my “play” that won some lame contest judged by her. I showed up to the first night of rehearsal and half of opening night and that was my limit. She friggin thinks it’s Broadway in that dumpy old theater and I wrote that play for the cash prize – nothing more – in like 4 hours while playing Diablo at the same time. I wasn’t ready to dedicate all my free time to it.

    Years later, this woman somehow finds me while I’m at that Flora in Winter thing. She had me cornered for 30 minutes having a close-talker, one-sided conversation about Del Close until a friend rescued me.

    Woo State Communications department gave me the gift of time with Shea and then Jen Roy during an internship at Ch. 3. I sure as hell am finishing up that engineering degree now. I think I’ll go burn my WSC diploma after recalling these memories.

    July 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Ms Ann Shea, what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    I could quote this line on every blog. So many bozos out there.

  • Devils Mouthpiece
    July 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Lets buy a house 1/4 mile from a sports field then complain about the noise in the summer. I just despise people like that. I hope they crank up the volume and absolutely torture the crap out of this pompous twit.

    BTW – reminds me of a dooshnozzle neighbor that bought property nearby. They design the house with the driveway under the neighbors beautiful oak trees, tear down the old, build the new, then immediately complain sap is getting on their cars and asks the trees be trimmed. Now, instead of building it with the driveway on the side with NO trees, they decide to be giant dooshnozzles and only think of themselves….. AHOLES…. I suggested to the neighbor they plant a choke cherry there to drop those miserable red berry’s all over their dooshnozzle property and cars. LOL.

  • Chris From Georgia
    July 13, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Another whiny liberal that needs to get a life!

  • COB
    July 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Man, there’s nothing like tongue-punching a cheerleader’s fart box. Look me up in a few years, girls.

  • Boss Tweed
    July 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

    What a (rimes with Hitch)!!!!! She must be a SINGLE old bag.

  • Common Sense Isn't So Common
    July 13, 2015 at 8:06 am

    She’s a total “Rubba” !!!

  • strata
    July 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Thanks for exposing people like this …. good read, good laugh

  • JoeMomma
    July 13, 2015 at 7:32 am

    She sounds like the type of jackass that buys a house next to the airport then complains about plane noise.

  • Craig
    July 13, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I live about 12 houses away from worcester state and didn’t hear anything. By the way us west sides are not all privileged douchnozzles .we love the city but not the gangs.

  • July 13, 2015 at 7:15 am

    She should have lived in Northboro, Westboro or Shrewsbury during the ’70s. You could here Westboro Speedway for miles and miles and that went on until well after 9:00. Nice to hear Aerosmith for free 5 miles away though.

    • Mike
      July 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      I was at that Aerosmith Concert! Duke & the Drivers opened, minus Duke of course who was always late.

      • Mike
        July 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

        Oh yeah, Jimmy DA also opened with Mad Angel

  • Nanny
    July 13, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I was inside with the A/C cranking on Saturday night. Slayer could have been playing outside and I couldn’t hear it.

    Hey Dr. Shea – open up the wallet and buy yourself an A/C. Or, if you prefer, shove your complaint up you-know-where.

  • nick
    July 13, 2015 at 4:32 am

    but what would madame secretary do? One would think that as an accomplished thespian she would be doing just the opposite as the game of football is merely a stage for athletes.

    BOOTHBAY REGISTER – , June 10, 2015 – Actress, playwright and theatre professor emerita at Worcester State University, Ann Marie Shea will become Frances Perkins, who served as FDR’s Secretary of Labor from 1933-1945. Perkins was the first woman to hold a cabinet position and remains the only person to hold the position for that length of time.

    Shea will presented her original one woman play, “Madame Secretary, Frances Perkins,” at the Lincoln Theater on Saturday, June 13. Shea is an accomplished thespian and director performing in Boston, Worcester and numerous other venues in Massachusetts. She is the dean of Fellows of the New England Theater and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

    • J
      July 13, 2015 at 7:21 am

      LOL…so she made her own play, with just her in it?

      • Devils Mouthpiece
        July 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        A legend in her own mind apparently.

      • Wabbitt
        July 14, 2015 at 2:30 am

        Reminds me of the kid I used to work with who was in five one-man bands.

  • John
    July 12, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Her phd is in theatre, so thats what the theatrics are all about. I bet she got home, heard noise and got all wet because she could create some real life dramatics, instead of trying to act in some two bit local theatre company.

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